Utility Rate Update

Planned 5% Rate Increase Proposed 

The Board of Trustees held a utility rate work session on Oct. 24, 2023 Work Session. In summary, a 5% water and sewer rate increase was recommended in alignment with the water rate study completed in 2022. If adopted, rate changes would go into effect in January 2024.

Why a 5% increase is proposed:

Our community completed a comprehensive water and sewer rate study in 2022 that aligned the values that matter to Wellington with the financial reality of the utility. Changes were made to prioritize the lowest cost for essential water services and ensure new development continues to pay its way. A 5% yearly increase was included in the plan to keep up with the rising cost of providing water and sewer service. 

- Infrastructure Maintenance: Upgrading current infrastructure to meet changing regulations and replace systems that have been in use for decades.

- The rising cost of raw water: The rising cost of raw water is impacting the Town of Wellington's annual budget, with a cost increase of 280% in the last five years. 

- Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to ever-evolving water quality and safety regulations requires additional investments.

- Resilience: Preparing for extreme weather events and emergencies, such as droughts and floods, is vital to maintaining a reliable water and sewer system.

We understand that even a small rate increase is a burden, and we're actively exploring ways to minimize its impact on our residents. We're also working to ensure that the rate adjustment is fair and equitable for our various types of ratepayers.

There will be opportunities for you to share your feedback and concerns before any final decisions are made. We're here to listen to your thoughts and ideas.



Residential Water Rates  
Base Rate (0.75 Inch tap) $49.71
Tier 1 up to 3,000 gallons $0.00
Tier 2 3,001-7,000 gallons $11.70
Tier 3 7,001-20,000 gallons $15.20
Residential Wastewater  
Base Rate (Service Line Fee)  $13.95 does not include gallons
Usage Fee   $8.02
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Background

The Town of Wellington continues to engage with our community's difficult water and wastewater infrastructure needs. With aging infrastructure, increases in the cost to provide service, and the need to continue to meet the demand of a population that grew rapidly, further rate adjustments are necessary for the Town to remain in compliance and continue providing service.

If you have feedback or questions about rates, please share through the form available here. If you would like a response to your question or comment please provide your contact information, otherwise, your form will be anonymous. 

A utility rate structure impacts how base rates, usage rates, or tiers recover the cost of service. The Resident Rate Structure Roundtable presented a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Sept. 20, 2022. Click here to watch the joint work session recording.

The Board of Trustees held a Regular meeting on October 25 including discussion, and public comment on the 2023 Budget and Proposed Water and Wastewater Utility Rate and Fee Structure changes. The full meeting packet is available here. The meeting recording is available here.